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My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10
My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Letter carriers across West Michigan will be picking up something extra during their mailbox visits this Saturday, May 10.

This is the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Families are encouraged to help by filling a paper bag with non-perishable food items and placing it by their mailbox Saturday morning.  Letter carriers will pick up the donations and transport them to participating post offices, where approximately 75 volunteers will sort and ship the donations to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s warehouse in Comstock Park, to feed other families in need.

“We’ve done things like save lives and deliver babies, so a food drive is easy in comparison,” said veteran letter carrier Larry Ames. “The Letter Carriers Food Drive has got to be one of the easiest ways to get involved in the community. What could be easier than going to your pantry, picking out some cereal and canned goods, and leaving it on your porch one day a year?” he adds.

Last year, local residents donated more than 150,000 pounds of food to Feeding America West Michigan; This year, Grand Rapids area letter carriers hope to top 200,000 pounds.  Participating post offices include:

  • Eastown: 1451 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
  • Kentwood: 1680 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids
  • Main: 630 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
  • Northeast: 1765 3 Mile Road NE
  • Northwest: 1625 Walker NW, Grand Rapids
  • Patterson/East Paris: 3970 South Greenbroke Drive SE, Grand Rapids
  • Wyoming: 2929 Michael Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

“The donations we receive keep our food pantries stocked for months afterward,” said Ken Estelle, CEO of Feeding America West Michigan. “In terms of getting the entire city to focus on hunger and in making a concrete difference in the lives of those in need, no one can even come close to the letter carriers’ impact.”